Pernice Residency ProgramThe Pernice Residency is a haven from which to explore bold ideas, and emerge with a new trajectory. The Foundation chooses artists from various backgrounds, cultures, and traditions. Each residency participant is given the opportunity to experience the quietude that permits self-reflection and crystallizes one’s personal creative vision while providing reserved time for the pursuit of artistic process and project development. At the conclusion of the residency, the Foundation acquires a portion of the artists’ work as the start of a Pernice Collection. In addition, the artists’ work and documentation of time spent at the Foundation will be included in the annual Pernice Residency Foundation catalog publication which is to be distributed internationally.
Historic property, Masseria Pernice, is situated in a pastoral landscape in north-eastern Sicily surrounded by lakes, olive groves, and vineyards. The tranquility of Pernice encourages a slower pace that is conducive to reflection and rediscovery. It is this unique stillness and connection to the land that inspired one of Pernice’s heirs, Paolo Sallier de La Tour, to found an artist residency program. Paolo is an artist with a practice that varies between painting and floral installations. He serves as the Executive Producer of the Residency and is a graduate of the Accademia delle Belle Arti, Bologna. While deciding how to meld his family agricultural traditions with his own training as an artist, he engaged international curator Dr. Cornelia Lauf to advise on the formation of a Sicilian workshop based in a rural reality no less complex than any urban environment. Cornelia brings her global cultural network to Pernice.
As a painter, I couldn’t ask for a better place to live. I’ve had the incredible luck to be born in and to grow up in such a particular and magic location, learning to understand the passage of seasons, watching flowers, trees, and seeds, becoming fruits. Probably colour is so important for me as it is the vibrant mirror in which we recognize Nature’s rhythm. I’ve studied abroad but I will always come back here, where light talks to you in a rare and clear way, and you can truthfully find yourself in its reflection.
Paolo Sallier de La Tour
Music is perhaps the Masseria Pernice’s most cherished art form, owing in great part to Costanza Mastrogiovanni Tasca, 12th Princess of Camporeale, who chaired the association “Amici del Teatro Massimo” for many years. Costanza launched the concert season at the Masseria Pernice, a tradition which continues to this day by her children and grandchildren. Another great example of music playing a central role at the Masseria Pernice are annual musical events, such as piano recitals and choir concerts, that mark the end of the grape harvest. These events have been organized for over a decade and represent a well-earned rest for the land, as well as the people investing their time and hopes in it.